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of any argument. a secret court that is honestly, it is rewriting our surveillance laws. it is deciding what we meant as a society, as a country, when we said the government can't indiscriminately spy on us. to understand what this court is doing, though, we need to get into a corner of the law making process. a part of how we really do it. that most in the country don't think that much about. the way that most of us think about the process of lawmaking is kind of simple. congress passes a bill, and then the president signs a bill and maybe he's got a lot of pens when he does it and gives the pens away. when that is done, when that ceremony comes to a close, that bill is is now a low. in president obama's first term, before all the gridlock paralyzed washington, this kind of thing, bills becoming laws, happened a lot. congress passed health reform in 2010 after a big, long, ugly fight. and then president obama signed health reform into law at a big fancy signing ceremony. there were a ton of pens that day. then when it was over, when it was over, we had obama care. congress passed it. t
, republicans have effectively shut down the supreme court of labor law in this country. the national labor relations board. and today 201 house members sent a letter to senator mitch mcconnell demanding that the filibuster of nlrb nominations come to an end. >> without the nlrb, 80 million private sector workers will have nowhere to turn for legal protection. hardworking americans deserve better than mitch mcconnell's political stunts. >> a pillar of american justice is if you don't have a remedy then you don't have meaningful rights. >> our republican colleagues treat labor rights as toxic. they're wrong. >> if you don't have a remedy, you don't have meaningful rights. supreme court of labor law, the nlrb has been inoperable for a year and a half. it's really astounding. i mean, think about just turning off the supreme court for a year and a half. all those big decisions that came down the last few weeks, all the consequences for people seeking redress, gone, shuttered. there are real consequences the nlrb. it oversees all kinds of cases. if your boss illegally withholds wages or benefits
. legislature today resume consideration of one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. republicans in the lone star state seek to ban abortion at 20 weeks and put in place regulatory burdens designed to force 37 of the state's 42 abortion providers to close their doors. for the past two days, abortion rights supporters, clad in orange, have demonstrated outside the capitol where they have faced off against anti-choice advocates dressed in blue, as well as prominent voices in the pro-life movement. >> no such thing as a life that is so insignificant, so worthless, so unwanted, so unnecessary that any of us would choose and believe that we are so god like that we would singularly have the right to extinguish that which god created. >> the bill, an attempt to dramatically reduce reproductive freedoms for the 13 million women of texas. davis and her supporters displayed democracy in action was dismissed by governor perry as something else entirely. >> people have relayed to me that never in the mystery of texas have they seen that type after mob rule come in and discombobu
restraining order blocking a new law set to take effect today. that was likely to force half of the state's abortion clinics to close their doors. planned parenthood, which is suing to stop the law signed by scott walker, says now that the law is being temporarily blocked they will be able to continue to provide abortion services while the lawsuit proceeds. in addition to target regulations designed to close down clinics, the new law would also force women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. the law was passed through the legislature in the middle of june, but just signed into law by republican governor scott walker on friday, as in the day after the fourth of july in a private ceremony. the court is set to revisit this issue again next week. meanwhile, similar bill is still working its way through the legislature in texas, and boy does it have texans riled up. we'll take you to the texas capitol where the battle over abortion rights is happening live right now. ifteen percent or more on car insurance. yep, everybody knows that. well, did you know some owls aren't that wise? don
the jury a little bit about your background in law enforcement. >> i've 30 years of law enforcement experience. i started at the seminole county sheriff's office as road patrol deputy in 1982. i was promoted through the ranks to the position of captain. i retired in 2009, at that rank of captain, and charged with our special operations division and emergency services division. nine years of that to experience was in investigations, five years as an investigator, four as a supervisor. >> and where'd you grow up? >> i was born and raised in sanford. >> it's your hometown? >> yes, sir. >> did becoming chief of sanford police department then become sort of a pinnacle in your career, for its law enforcement? >> yes, it was. >> how long were you with sanford pd as its chief? >> i'm sorry? >> how long were you with sanford pd as its chief? >> from may of 2011 to june 2012. >> did you say you came out of retirement to take that position? >> i retired from the seminole county's sheriff's office and took a position with seminole state college with their director of public safety and provided
boundaries that the "times" concludes the fisa court has created a secret body of law and quietly become almost a parallel supreme court. joining me today, msnbc political analyst and executive editor at msnbc, richard wolfe. joan walsh, and retired u.s. army captain and author of "the other wes more," wes moore. we have the sound bite. let's take a listen. >> the government's going to launch an investigation. i think they're going to say i've committed grave crimes, i've violated the espionage act, they're going to say i've aided our enemies in making them aware of these systems. but that argument can be made against anybody who reveals information that points out mass surveillance systems. >> richard, it's interesting that they're choosing to release this now. don't know if there was a media strategy in place. there seems to have been some forethought in terms of holding this for a later date, this is now in the midst of all of the asylum talk and obviously opinions have changed and evolved in and around edward snowden and exactly what place he occupies in american history. what
. but by last night, a federal judge had granted a temporary restraining order on that law. this state shows where the new abortion restrictions are being proposed which in various ways would make it harder for a woman seeking an abortion to access one. ilyse hogue is president of pro-choice america. sylvia garcia is a democratic state senator from texas. senator garcia, let me begin with you. i don't get it. my reading of roe versus wade says that the standard is set based on viability at 20 weeks, we're not talking viability. it would seem that on its face, this bill would be unconstitutional. so why go through all the effort if that is in fact going to be the holding of a court some day? >> well, we've actually been asking ourselves that same question here in texas. i agree with you. i think on its face it appears that it would be unconstitutional, but ultimately, of course, it will be up to the courts to decide. as you stated earlier, wisconsin yesterday, of course, a federal court there has already put an injunction on implementation of their actions, so i think the same thing will happ
the second time? >> correct. >> okay. at some point, then, did you give statements to law enforcement regarding what you knew or heard about the event? >> yes. there was an fbi agent who left a card on my door and requested i call him, so i called. >> okay. >> and he and another agent came to my house and interviewed me. >> and you gave them a statement about whatever information they asked you about, i presume? >> that is correct. >> okay. at some point, did you have an opportunity to listen to what we call in this trial the wower 911 tape? and for your purposes, that is the tape that has these voices in the background screaming for help. have you had an opportunity to listen to that? >> yes. >> okay. can you tell me the circumstances of the setting around the first time that you listened to it? >> the first time i heard it was when it was played on a local newschannel. >> were you around anybody else? >> i don't remember. >> how many times have you listened to the tape? >> besides that time, well, it was played over and over, but i would probably say maybe two or three times. >> oka
's not that the president is parsing words. >> there are requirements under the law. right now the united states is in a very tough position. because we don't want to say that you can overthrow democracy with a military coup. our closest ally in that country is the military. it was in the last changeover in government. there's extraordinary concern about stability in the region and israel's security, and, you know, it's easy to criticize -- >> call it a coup and you're farther away. >> easy to criticize the administration but i think right now with no great choices being for stability, trying to see if democracy can emerge is the best option. >> absolutely. willie? >> nbc's foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin is live in cairo this morning. good to see you. an ugly day there yesterday. >> it was. you know, it's kind of strange these days, waking up in cairo and saying, you know, it's off to a good start when you don't have any casualties to report. that has been the case today. the day you were talking about yesterday was one of the bloodiest egypt has seen in the past two years. as we were tal
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to that that george zimmerman himself when confronted with the tape by law enforcement said it doesn't sound like me and add to that further that the screaming stops when the shot rings out, which might suggest that the shooting victim was the one who got shot. so it's complicated. my view as is the jury will probably say we can't sort this out and simply put this piece of evidence aside, andrea. >> craig melvin, what are we expecting for the rest of the afternoon and also coming up tomorrow and as we proceed this week? >> andrea, so far today the defense has called five witnesses. we expect that at any moment -- the jury in fact is being brought into the jury right now. they are moving at a pretty good clip with the evidence. mark o'mara over the weekend says he plans at some point -- we don't know whether today or tomorrow, perhaps even the day after -- but at some point the defense is going to call tracy martin, trayvon martin's father. the state did not call tracy martin. they called sybrina fulton, trayvon martin's mother. we expect that when the defense calls trayvon martin's father they are g
to choose and new restrictive laws taking shape in seven states across the nation. today state senator wendy davis is back as a special session gets under way in the texas house. >>> and road to redemption. former new york governor eliot spitzer seems to get emotional on "morning joe" about his comeback plan. you decide. >> what has changed personally? >> a lot of pain. a lot of pain. >> that's it. >> yeah. you go through that pain, you change. >> all right. >>> and the washington monument is closed for earthquake repairs but the park service is still giving visitors something to light up their lives. ♪ ♪ >>> and a beautiful sight it is. good day, many's andrea mitchell in washington. it's been more than two months since gee gentleman dejesus, michele knight and amanda barry escaped ten years of captivity. today they are breaking their silence for the first time. >> first and foremost, i want everyone to know how happy i am to be home with my family, my friends. it has been unbelievable. >> walking hand in hand with my best friend, i will not let the situation define who i am. >> thank y
a federal judge had granted a temporary restraining order on that law. this map shows the states where new abortion restrictions are being opposed which in various ways would make it harder for a woman seeking abortion to access one. eli elise hoag is the president of abortion america. at 20 weeks we're not talking vi built. it would seem that on its face, this bill would be unconstitutional. why go through all the effort if that's, in fact, going to be the holding of a court someday? >> well, we've actually been asking ourselves that same question here in texas. i agree with you. i think on its face it appears that it would be unconstitutional, but ultimately, of course, it will be up to the courts to decide. as you stated earlier, wisconsin yesterday, of course, a federal court there has already put an injunction on i mplementation o their actions, so i think the same thing will happen here in texas. i think we're on a path to litigation in the courts, ultimately, with this bill if it passes. >> elise, it seems to me you may as well say one week after conception we're going to ban all ab
at georgetown law. she's a senior fellow at the new america foundation. professor brooks, thanks very much for being here tonight. it's nice to see you, rosa. >> good to see you, rachel. >> judge kessler says there is an individual who does have the authority to address this issue, in describing president obama. do you think that she is right in that? >> oh, absolutely. president obama is the commander in chief. it's the executive branch that's made a decision to resort to force feeding of detainees at guantanamo, and if president obama is extremely unhappy at that state of affairs, he can certainly change it. >> in terms of the controversy surrounding this issue, obviously the judge is moved by the prisoners' pleas that this is something that is both demeaning and cruel. is there legal clarity on the issue of whether or not this is the appropriate policy, whether or not this is something doctors legally can do and this is something prisons ought to do? >> no, there isn't. there's a substantial difference of opinion, and i'm not entirely unsympathetic to the physicians at guantanamo bay wh
was governor, i was proud of the fact that we passed much tougher human trafficking laws. and i think the problem is that prostitution is, in fact, integrally related with other parts of criminal activity that is fundamentally wrong, dangerous, violative, on any dimension. if people are saying, look, two people consensually having sex and there's money, when you define it that benignly, it sounds somewhat like smoking dope and people say aha, decriminalize it. but it is integrally related with other aspects of criminal behavior, so i'm not sure i'm ready to go this. >> does redemption require that you run for comptroller? you were the governor of this great state, as opposed to running for mayor or some other office? >> no -- >> given your credentials and your pedigree, it almost seems this is a spot beneath spitzer's record? >> i love the job i'm running for. the comptroller. >> why? >> because you have a say in so many fundamental decisions about control of the pensions, which is important for insuring that they're there for those who earned them, but corporate governance shares bec
killing with malice, a second-degree murder under florida law. i do not think they've carried that burden at all. that's my legal view of the case. when i say that, what i mean by that is, have they proven it beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence presented to the jury? this jury does not know everything about mr. zimmerman's past and will not. so based on the evidence presented, i do not think they've connected those dots and defeated the doubts. the manslaughter goes to the justification and the murkiness of this conflict. that's something where i think there will be a lot more debate. that's a serious charge that carries up to 15 years. the last thing i'll say is the reason why so many people have followed this case closely is because we have a justice system that in many parts of america does not value the lives of black men and women in the same way that it values and investigates a similar or exactly the same situation for white americans. that's something we could spend a lot more time on. my view of that and my concern for that, however, does not alter the legal and preci
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